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Poster: cashel Date: Jul 1, 2004 7:19am
Forum: feature_films Subject: "B"FEATURE FILMS vs TODAY.s BLOCKBUSTERS

With the budget for an average major film exceeding the annual budgets of many poor nations.consideration might be worthwhile. The hugeley expensive special effects in today,s major film will seem mundane when viewed several years later and will the film be then rated as a poorly crafted B-FILM??????

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Poster: macbeach Date: Jul 2, 2004 12:21pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'B'FEATURE FILMS vs TODAY.s BLOCKBUSTERS

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I find the older movies to be better regardless of budget, although the quality and budget can be related in a way:

For me the lower (translation: reasonable) budgets of the older films forced better dialog and plot development. When I watch current films I often think to myself: "here is where the writers ran out of steam and inserted a chase scene".

In many recent films I feel too much like I am in a simulation of a roller coaster. Except that a roller coaster is more fun, and less expensive, than todays films.

I'd love to see a major studio start making lower budget films, few or no special effects, and avoid using well know stars, both because they are too expensive, and because they are too predictable. You see Tom Hanks at the beginning of the movie and you pretty much know what the character is going to be about for the whole film (and Tom Hanks is versatile compared to some of Hollywoods favorites).

Just my 2 cents on Marlon Brando's last day.

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Poster: tambora Date: Jul 2, 2004 6:17pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'B'FEATURE FILMS vs TODAY.s BLOCKBUSTERS

Except when we saw Liam Neeson at the start of Gangs of New York...

But, otherwise, I agree with you. It's easier to connect to older films. I just watched The Apartment, 1960's Best Picture winner, for the first time tonight, and I enjoyed watching it more than any mindless action film, since it was about real people, and since it required talent to make.

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Poster: Bangkok Ajarn Date: Jul 7, 2004 7:25pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'B'FEATURE FILMS vs TODAY.s BLOCKBUSTERS

The B films of yesterday have a certain charm to them. Simplistic escapist fun. It probably isn't appropriate to compare them to Hollywood blockbusters of today. It is kind of like comparing ice cream and pizza. They both can be good or bad but they are very different. Spending an hour before going to bed with an old detective movie or western isn't the worst form of relaxation.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 3, 2004 5:09am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'B'FEATURE FILMS vs TODAY.s BLOCKBUSTERS

"B-Movie" has a very specific meaning. It was the second film in a double feature. The "A-Movie" was the higher quality, bigger budgeted film of a double bill.

Today's films, no matter how bad, are not "B-Movies" because double features are much more rare, and nobody specifically makes films for the bottom of the bill.

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Jul 2, 2004 11:09am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'B'FEATURE FILMS vs TODAY.s BLOCKBUSTERS

I saw a documentary "Blockbuster Imperative" on the cable channel Trio which said that today's Blockbusters actually borrow from the genres of yesterday's B-Movies - the cliffhanger, the sci-fi film, etc.

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